In AD68 Nero's suicide marked the end of the first dynasty of imperial Rome. The following year was one of drama and danger, though not of chaos. In the surviving books of his Histories the barrister-historian Tacitus, writing some thirty years after the events he describes, gives us a detailed account based on excellent authorities. In the 'long but single year' of revolution four emperors emerge in succession: Galba, Otho, Vitellius and Vespasian - who established the Flavian dynasty. Rhiannon Ash stays true to the spirit of Wellesley's prose whilst making the translation more accessible to modern readers.... wary old age of Tiberius, nor even against Gaius or Claudius or Nero, a dynasty put on a firm basis through long rule. .... As soon as the dizziness that had blurred his vision after such a great elevation had cleared, he addressed his men in the ... Letters were written to all the armies and legates with instructions to entice the praetorians who hated Vitellius with the prize of readmission to the service. 83.
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